W.C. Fields: 6 Short Films

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Overview

This box set contains a half-dozen films starring the legendary screen comic W.C. Fields. Pool Sharks, The Golf Specialist, The Dentist, The Fatal Glass of Beer, The Pharmacist, and The Barber Shop are each presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1.
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Overview

This box set contains a half-dozen films starring the legendary screen comic W.C. Fields. Pool Sharks, The Golf Specialist, The Dentist, The Fatal Glass of Beer, The Pharmacist, and The Barber Shop are each presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Amy Robinson
This indispensable collection contains six of W. C. Fields's best-known comic shorts in one tidy package. Although none of these films is as stringent as his classic feature The Bank Dick, they nevertheless give viewers the opportunity to see the master's nascent persona emerging -- flashing glimpses of the weary misanthrope that was to become Fields's specialty. Camera trickery is employed to enhance a not-so-friendly game between romantic rivals in Fields's first film, the silent Pool Shark. Our man utterly fails to tee off in The Golf Specialist, a wickedly elaborate exercise in futility. The Fatal Glass of Beer offers an outrageous parody of Frozen North melodramas. And The Dentist, The Pharmacist, and The Barber Shop all play variations on the basic theme of Fields as a middle class tradesman juggling family woes with professional troubles. Each of these hilarious shorts is simply constructed: A stock comic situation is set up, and Fields proceeds to riff on it, brilliantly, for a reel or two. They add up to a magnificent collection, one that allows the acerbic genius of this American original to shine through.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2000
  • UPC: 715515010726
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: silent, Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD

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Side #1 --
   Play All Six Shorts
   Pool Sharks
   The Golf Specialist
   The Dentist
   The Fatal Glass of Beer
   The Pharmacist
   The Barber Shop
   Color Bars
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best quality prints

    The previous poster must own a bargain-priced DVD of the same prints. First time I've heard of "low prices" and "Criterion" in the same sentence! Fields' short films are in the public domain and have been available on low-quality videos for more than 20 years. This Criterion edition offers the best-quality prints you'll find anywhere, although the sound tracks (especially on "The Pharmacist" and "The Barber Shop") are in rough shape.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrible quality prints

    No wonder the price is so low! These prints are a disgrace, both visually and in audio quality. An insult to the genius of the great W. C. Fields.

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